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    immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    There would be no difference between the following sentences.

    "They immigrated to Canada."

    OR

    "They emigrated to Canada."

    They left their native country and took up residence in Canada.

    "They migrated to Canada.''

    They went there loking for work and it might temporarily?
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    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    hi
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker,
    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There would be no difference between the following sentences.

    if those would be sentences said about the same person then
    "They immigrated to Canada."
    That would be a sentence I'd expect to hear in Canada
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    "They emigrated to Canada."
    That would be a sentence I'd expect to hear in a native country of that person
    They left their native country and took up residence in Canada.

    "They migrated to Canada.'' neutral


    They went there loking for wrok and it might temporarily?
    Cheers

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    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker,


    Cheers
    Any other comments?

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    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There would be no difference between the following sentences.

    "They immigrated to Canada." Correct.

    OR

    "They emigrated to Canada." No. You emigrate from a country.

    They left their native country and took up residence in Canada. Correct.
    As a matter of style, I wouldnīt use emigrate and immigrate in the same sentence. "They left their native country and immigrated to Canada," or "They emigrated from Somalia and took up residence in Canada."
    "They migrated to Canada.'' Technically correct, though migrate is generally used in reference to birds and animals.

    They went there loking for wrok and it might temporarily?You are referring to migrant workers. Migrant and migratory are adjectives used interchangeably with both people and animals, though migrant is more frequently heard in reference to people, and migratory is used more with animals, e.g., migratory birds.
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    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker,
    Then congratulations on your attempt. A couple of small slips in your English, but you have got the sense of the words.
    riquecohen, however is wrong when he says:

    "They emigrated to Canada." No. You emigrate from a country.

    Jaskin is correct:

    "They emigrated to Canada."
    That would be a sentence I'd expect to hear in athe native country of that person
    They left their native country and took up residence in Canada.

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    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    riquecohen, however is wrong when he says:

    "They emigrated to Canada." No. You emigrate from a country.

    Jaskin is correct:

    "They emigrated to Canada."
    That would be a sentence I'd expect to hear in athe native country of that person
    They left their native country and took up residence in Canada.
    You are correct. I was not thorough in my response, but do you agree that one can also emigrate from a country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You are correct. I was not thorough in my response, but do you agree that one can also emigrate from a country?
    So we can't say immigrated from a country? We say emigrate from a country?

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Any other comments?
    Yes, there was thread on this about two weeks ago. If 'migrate' had been put in the Topic line, I could give you a link to it.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So we can't say immigrated from a country? We say emigrate from a country?
    Yes, Jaskin is right.
    It depends on where you are when you say it.
    Let's say Anya migrated from Sweden to England.
    If you are in England, you can say, "Anya immigrated [to here] from Sweden ".
    If you are in Sweden, you can say, "Anya emigrated [from here] to England."

    But if you are in France, you don't say, "Anya immigrated from Sweden." nor, "Anya emigrated to Engand." These would imply 'to France' and 'from France' respectively.

    In Australia, we have a Department of Immigration, but not a Department of Emigration. This is because far more people are trying to get here than escape! All immigrants here are also emigrants from somewhere else. But since here (Australia) is the focus, they are immigrants.

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    #10

    Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, Jaskin is right.
    It depends on where you are when you say it.
    Let's say Anya migrated from Sweden to England.
    If you are in England, you can say, "Anya immigrated [to here] from Sweden ".
    If you are in Sweden, you can say, "Anya emigrated [from here] to England."

    But if you are in France, you don't say, "Anya immigrated from Sweden." nor, "Anya emigrated to Engand." These would imply 'to France' and 'from France' respectively.

    In Australia, we have a Department of Immigration, but not a Department of Emigration. This is because far more people are trying to get here than escape! All immigrants here are also emigrants from somewhere else. But since here (Australia) is the focus, they are immigrants.
    Can someone take a look at posts 4, 5 and 6? Jaskin is correct and I regret that I hadnīt seen his post before I submitted mine. I also understand fivejedjonīs amendment to my comment on emigration, but cannot see why my response is "wrong." Iīm sorry to seem so dense; will someone please tell me if where you say it the only difference between the two responses?
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